WASHINGTON — Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler each provided a goal and an assist, and the Winnipeg Jets suddenly transformed into an offensive juggernaut, beating Alex Ovechkin’s struggling Capitals 4-2 Tuesday night to end Washington’s 10-game winning streak in home openers.
Two games and two losses into the lockout-shortened season — and new Washington boss Adam Oates’ NHL head coaching career — Ovechkin doesn’t have a goal, the Capitals have been outscored 10-5, and their opponents are 5 for 12 on power plays.
Andrew Ladd and Jim Slater also scored, and Tobias Enstrom had three assists for Winnipeg (1-1-1), which outshot the Capitals 39-34.
The Jets scored only two goals in their first 137½ minutes of play this season. They matched that total with a pair of power-play scores in a 4-minute span during the first period Tuesday.
NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his 120th NHL shutout, Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a short-handed penalty shot, and New Jersey beat winless Philadelphia.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Keith Aulie scored the momentum-shifting goal that propelled Tampa Bay past Carolina.
MONTREAL — Andrei Markov scored two goals, his first in two seasons, and Alex Galchenyuk had the first of his NHL career to help Montreal beat Florida.
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DETROIT — Michael Ryder scored in the first and third periods, and Kari Lehtonen came within 3.4 seconds of a shutout in Dallas’ win over Detroit.
CHICAGO — Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg scored to back Corey Crawford, and Chicago hung on to beat St. Louis.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Martin Erat scored an unassisted goal for Nashville with 8:15 left when Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom couldn’t clear the puck cleanly, and Nashville earned its first victory.
EDMONTON, Alberta — Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture each had two goals and an assist as San Jose ruined Edmonton’s home opener.
DENVER — Gabriel Landeskog and David Jones scored 1:35 apart in the final period to help Colorado rally past Los Angeles.